Williams does double for first time since China
5 November 2012 – Sunday’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix saw Williams pick up a double points finish for the first time since China back in April. On that occasion, Bruno Senna finished seventh with Pastor Maldonado eighth. In the chaotic Yas Marina race, the Venezuelan missed out on a podium to finish fifth whereas his team-mate crossed the line in eighth position.
“We missed the opportunity to finish on the podium today after we lost the use of KERS following the first Safety Car period,” Maldonado confirmed, having experienced a dramatic race which included a collision with Red Bull’s Mark Webber. “For sure, there was more in the car. The pace was good and at the beginning I was closing the gap to Kimi (Räikkönen), but we still collected some good points today and it was a great race.
“I feel very motivated within the team. We now need to keep the car at the top and I am looking forward to the last two races.”
Senna stayed out of trouble and was pleased with his collection of four points. The team has now picked up a total of 73 from 18 races and sits 22 in arrears of Force India for seventh place in the championship. Toro Rosso is a massive 51 further back.
“It was a very tough weekend but it had a sweet taste in the end,” Senna smiled, having initially feared that his race could be over as he was turned around at the first corner. “I had a good start, getting myself into a good position for Turn 1, but then a few cars tangled ahead and hit me. I had to start from zero again but I kept my cool.
“There was a lot going on, but we had good pace when we needed it and scored some solid points for the team – it’s what we’re here for and we never give up. There is a good energy and feeling going into the final two races in Austin and Brazil.”